13/04/2024

Anne Hatchard has enjoyed a stellar 2022. (Photo: Adelaide FC/Twitter)

Ahead of Round 9 of the AFLW competition, we take a look what you need to know to make changes to your fantasy team for the week.

It’s been all Crows in fantasy midfields in 2022, while late season downgrades are beginning to show themselves with two rounds left.

We’ve got everything the coachs need to know heading into the home stretch of the AFLW Fantasy season.

Player of the Round:

Anne Hatchard

It has definitely been Hatchard’s best season of her career. With last week’s 121 she now has the second best average score for the year of 105, just behind Kiara Bowers with 114.

It was a strong performance against Fremantle for Hatchard with 31 disposals and eight marks. She is now averaging seven marks a game for 2022, up from 4.3 in 2021. 

Anne Hatchard: Adelaide, 121

Jaimee Lambert: Collingwood, 118

Lily Mithen: Melbourne, 117

Catherine Svarc: Brisbane, 114

Emily Bates: Brisbane, 108

Ashleigh Riddell: North Melbourne, 101

Ebony Marinoff: Adelaide, 108

Tilly Lucas-Rodd: St Kilda, 98

Amy McDonald: Geelong, 95

Karen Paxman: Melbourne, 95

Rookie of the Week:

Fremantle’s Airlie Runnalls had her best game of the season to be this week’s highest scoring rookie.

A strong day against the Crows saw her finish with 21 disposals and a goal to get her score of 90, a long way from her previous best of 58 fantasy points in Round 6.

Lowest Breakevens:

Claudia Gunjaca: Geelong, -1 

Mikayla Morrison: Fremantle, 2 

Danielle Ponter: Adelaide, 2 

Eliza James: Collingwood, 2 

Phoebe McWilliams: Geelong, 3 

Round 9 Targets:

Brittany Bonnici has been Collingwood’s top midfielder since Round 1, and features in 21 per cent of teams. Unfortunately in Round 8 she had an awkward fall in a marking contest ,and has suffered a season ending ACL injury.

Leaving the ground early meant she only scored 18 fantasy points, which resulted in a price drop of $7000. For coaches who will now have to trade her, it means a bigger gap between her and some of the other high performing midfielders in the competition. 

An option for trade is Tilly Lucas-Rodd  priced at $65,900, which will cost coaches $1300 more than Bonnici. Lucas-Rodd has low ownership at just 2.2 per cent, and with a three round average of 97, she is in the top 10 scorers for the past three rounds. 

Kiara Bowers should be back this week and is still the most expensive player in the competition priced at $90,900. She hasn’t played for the previous three rounds but has only dropped $200 in price for the whole year.

If you have the cash in the bank and you want to end the season on a high, with only two weeks left there’s no better time to take the plunge.

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